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Psalms 18:12

    Psalms 18:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed, Hailstones and coals of fire.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Before his shining light his dark clouds went past, raining ice and fire.

    Webster's Revision

    At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed, Hailstones and coals of fire.

    World English Bible

    At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed, hailstones and coals of fire.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed, hailstones and coals of fire.

    Definitions for Psalms 18:12

    Hail - A greeting of joy and peace.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 18:12

    At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed - The word נגה nogah signifies the lightning. This goes before him: the flash is seen before the thunder is heard, and before the rain descends; and then the thick cloud passes. Its contents are precipitated on the earth, and the cloud is entirely dissipated.

    Hail-stones and coals of fire - This was the storm that followed the flash and the peal; for it is immediately added: -

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 18:12

    At the brightness that was before him - From the flash - the play of the lightnings that seemed to go before him.

    His thick clouds passed - or, vanished. They seemed to pass away. The light, the flash, the blaze, penetrated those clouds, and seemed to dispel, or to scatter them. The whole heavens were in a blaze, as if there were no clouds, or as if the clouds were all driven away. The reference here is to the appearance when the vivid flashes of lightning seem to penetrate and dispel the clouds, and the heavens seem to be lighted up with a universal flame.

    Hail-stones - That is, hailstones followed, or fell.

    And coals of fire - There seemed to be coals of fire rolling along the ground, or falling from the sky. In the corresponding place in 2 Samuel 22:13 the expression is, "Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled." That is, fires were kindled by the lightning. The expression in the psalm is more terse and compact, but the reason of the change cannot be assigned.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 18:12

    18:12 At - His glorious and powerful appearance. Passed - Or, passed away, vanished, being dissolved into showers.